Hi, I will be traveling to Peru and Rio in December of this year. We're planning to leave San Francisco on the 21st, and coming back on the 1st so that we can experience New Year's in Brazil. Our preference if to go straight to Cuzco (via Lima) and finish Machu Picchu, then spend a day or two in Lima, then enjoy the remainder of our trip in Rio. However, we also are trying to fit in Igaucu Falls into our trip. Will 10 days be enough for all this? Right now here is the time distribution: 3 days in Cuzco, 2 Days in Lima, 5 days in Rio (1/2 of which will be at Iguacu Falls). Is it doable? Will we be able to experience a lot of Rio (Sugarloaf, Christ Redeemer, the beaches) if we take 2 days to go to Iguacu? Also what will the weather be like in both places (Peru and Rio)? I also heard that Rio is not the safest city, will we be okay? Sorry for asking all the questions!
(Last note, it would be perfect if we can even get a daytrip to he Amazon in there from either Peru or Rio)